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Lee Daniels shows support for Jussie Smollett after Racist, Homophobic Attack

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Empire creator Lee Daniels took to Instagram on Tuesday after news broke regarding one of the show’s cast members, Jussie Smollett, who was hospitalized following a brutal racist and homophobic attack in Chicago on Monday night.

“It’s taken me a minute to come to social media about this, because Jussie, you are my son,” he wrote. “You didn’t deserve, nor anybody deserves to have a noose put around your neck, to have bleach thrown on you, to be called ‘die faot n*er’, or whatever they said to you. “You are better than that. We are better than that. America is better than that. It starts at home… It starts at home, yo.”

“We have to love each other regardless of what sexual orientation we are because it shows that we are united on a united front, “Daniels continued. “And no racist fk can come in and do the things that they did to you. Hold your head up, Jussie. I’m with you, I’ll be there in a minute, it’s just another fking day in America.”

20th Century Fox and Fox Entertainment issued a statement, writing, “We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our Empire family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night. We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own.”

According to multiple sources, Smollett was hospitalized in Chicago after two unknown suspects approached him while he was walking, yelling out racial and homophobic slurs towards him. Police confirmed that the men began to beat him and pour bleach onto him.

One of the offenders is said to have tied a rope around Smollett’s neck, according to the reports. He is currently in stable condition.

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NiteLite Pictures unleashes Coronavirus Positivity Initiative

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In response to a real demand from its broadcast, Web and distribution partners, as well as charities seeking support, award-winning, Los Angeles-based production company NiteLite Pictures has unveiled the Coronavirus Positivity Initiative, a worldwide effort to create programming that promotes togetherness, community and celebrates the human spirit during the global lockdown.  

Under the banner of the Coronavirus Positivity Initiative, the company is launching a series of programs that spotlight the heroes on the front lines, inspiring individuals from around the world, and comedy shows that take a lighter look at life during the pandemic. All the programs will feature real people from around the globe in an effort to help bring audiences closer together.  

“This is truly a unique time in the world’s history,” comments NiteLite producer Ari Wilhelm.  

“While everyone is doing their part to help keep family and communities safe, there is a need for entertainment content like never before, and specifically relevant, uplifting content that is understanding and respectful of the situation we are all living.”

NiteLite is working closely on the initiative with its UK sales agent Meredith Coral of Lost Art Television to develop programming content tailored to viewing audiences and requested by broadcasters and media platforms during this time.

“NiteLite is responding to broadcasters’ needs and the audiences desires for not only new content, but relevant content to their current situation,” adds NiteLite executive producer Harry Lowell.

“We’re developing heartwarming and comedy programming  that connects to people’s lives during this new norm, while devising production solutions to deliver shows in a matter of days, not months, both remotely and safely.”

The entertainment hub will produce “self quarantine-based” content designed to resonate and connect to audiences. The company’s homebound, creative teams are currently developing engaging programming that can be produced quickly and remotely, while under stay at home orders.

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Oscilloscope’s ‘THE INFILTRATORS’ headed to Virtual Cinema next month

Official 2019 Sundance Film Festival selection, THE INFILTRATORS is a [chilling documentary chronicling the lives] of young immigrants who are detained by Border Patrol and thrown into for-profit detention center— on purpose.

Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical DREAMers who are on a mission to stop unjust deportations.

The film will be available via Virtual Cinema starting May 1 and VOD starting June 2.

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The cast of ABC’s “The Baker and the Beauty” talks Latina Inclusion, Immigration, and Marital Trends

Descending to ABC spring 2020, rom-com series “The Baker and the Beauty” will premiere on the small screen this April. The show centers around Daniel Garcia, who’s working at his family’s bakery. When he meets the A-list superstar Noa Hamilton during a night out, his life gets thrown into the spotlight. Can this unlikely pairing navigate the fame, and their families differences?

NDLYSS caught up with the cast at SCAD’s 2020 aTVFest to get the behind-the-scene scoop on the upcoming show. Press Play!

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